In the previous post, I talked about what it means to sing from you diaphragm and how diaphragm breathing can eliminate some vocal strain, the strain that stems from throat singing. Let’s change gears here a little bit and talk about healthy speaking. I bet you didn’t know there was such a thing as unhealthy speaking, did you?!
How you speak directly affects your singing voice. Everyday noise pollution (I live in Los Angeles!) can cause you to want to scream in order to be heard. Okay, maybe this isn’t true for your quiet town, but it is true at sporting events, parties and clubs. But what it takes to scream over louder noise has a grinding affect on the voice. Instead of using the yelling part of the voice, you can implement your newfound breathing technique as you speak. Breathing from your diaphragm is not only applicable to singing but speaking loudly as well. You can raise your voice slightly and breath from your diaphragm, and this should be enough to carry your voice over the noise.
Another thing to look out for is how loudly you speak on a normal day-to-day basis. You may speak loudly and not even realize it. I remember traveling throughout South America and Europe and being taken aback by how loudly some people speak (yell!) in public. Different cultures have different mores about what volume of speaking is appropriate, but a voice is a voice no matter where you are from, and too much loud speaking can be very taxing on your vocal cords.
Hope this helps!